Introducing “From the Garret”

This blog has certainly been a journey! When I first started, all I wanted to do was share my love of Louisa with other fans. I never thought I would grow to love reading and writing as much as I do. It’s been a creative renaissance!

Different writers’ blogs that I follow (Jeff Goins, Michael Hyatt, Jeannine Atkins) suggest that sharing what you write with others is an excellent way to grow as a writer. So I am taking the plunge with a new page on this site,From the Garret.

Free, downloadable PDF files

The pieces featured From the Garret are longer pieces longer than the typical blog post format. They are available to you for free in PDF format. All stories and essays are free to Simply click on the title of the story or essay to download. Not all writing will directly relate to Louisa May Alcott but all work is certainly inspired by her.

Your comments are welcome

Each story or essay will be presented as a blog post so that you can leave comments. All stories will be archived on the From the Garret page. Feedback, positive or negative, is appreciated (so long as it’s polite and constructive).

Citation of work

You can also cite my work, just please give full credit to the work (Title, author, date published) and contact me to let me know. The ego boost is nice! 😉

Your original work will also be welcome

I will also feature stories, poems and essays from Louisa May Alcott is My Passion readers. Write to me to find out how your story can be considered for publication on this blog. Stories must relate to the subject matter of the blog or be inspired by Louisa May Alcott to be considered. Every so often I will issue a challenge for writing. Let’s share the wealth!

Here is my first essay, based upon The Glory Cloak which I have posted on before. Click on the title to download the file.

Game Changer How One Book Changed My Perspective on History

Based on a reading of The Glory Cloak by Patricia O’Brien
Submitted on June 26, 2012
Author: Susan Bailey
Format: Essay
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Can’t download the PDF? Write to Susan at to have one sent to you.

Have you ever read a book that transformed your way of thinking? Did it teach you to probe, question and read between the lines? In this essay, I write about such a book, The Glory Cloak by Patricia O’Brien, and how this historical fiction novel of Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton changed forever the way I view historical facts and how I read Little Women and other such quasi-autobiographical accounts by Alcott.

Happy reading! What did you think?

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2 Replies to “Introducing “From the Garret””

  1. That was so interesting, Susan. Thank you for sharing! It’s been many years since I read The Glory Cloak, and made me want to go back. I loved the way you compared facts with fiction, and showed the places where the author read between the lines. It did remind me a somewhat of reading Mrs. Emerson’s Wife, because I loved the novel as a novel, despite the fact I can’t quite align it with some of what I’ve learned about the Emerson’s. (or maybe I’m just picking up on LMA’s crush on Mr. Emerson?)

    1. Thank you, that means a lot coming from a published author! Historical fiction does present conundrums, doesn’t it? I think it’s a very risky thing to write and a lot of fun to read.

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